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J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Jan-Feb;27(1):11-2. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2014.01.130128.

Patients with high-cost chronic conditions rely heavily on primary care physicians.

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the Evergreen Health Cooperative, Baltimore, MD; the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Washington, DC.

Abstract

Today's US physician workforce principally comprises specialists trained in the care of specific chronic conditions in the outpatient setting. However, a majority of patients seeking care for most of 14 high-cost chronic conditions, for example hypertension, were more likely to see a primary care physician than a specialist physician (69% vs. 24%, respectively).

KEYWORDS:

Physician-Patient Relations; Quality of Health Care

PMID:
24390880
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2014.01.130128
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